Conservation Project Matching Funds Available

By Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says more than $6.75 million is available to help farmers and landowners prevent erosion and control field runoff through a state cost share program.

Farmers may qualify for up to half of the cost of projects which may include terraces, waterways, ponds, buffers, cover crops, and several other conservation measures.

Farmers who apply now may have approval to begin construction after crops are harvested this fall.

Soil and Water Conservation District offices are taking applications.

Money also is available for projects aimed at protecting 13 lakes in Iowa. The cost share for those projects is 75 percent.

Lakes include Big Creek, Lake Darling, Lake Geode, and Lake Macbride.

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